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'Copy,' 'Extra' swapped in Chi

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Paramount's “Hard Copy” will swap places this fall with Warner Bros.' “Extra – The Entertainment Magazine,” on NBC-owned WMAQTV Chicago. “Hard Copy” takes the 6:30 p.m. slot and “Extra” moves to the…

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VIACOM SELLING SPELLING

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Prompted by the cent spate of media deals that have highlighted the value of television production companies, Viacom Inc. has put Spelling Entertainment Group up for sale. Spelling, which produces…

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Late 'Geraldo'

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KCBS-TV Los Angeles is expected to relegate Tribune's “Geraldo” to 1:35 a.m. this fall. The move will make room for two new syndicated programs: A Warner Bros, talkshow with Carnie Wilson likely will…

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ABC gets with the program

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The Disney-ABC merger and Viacom's plans to sell its Spelling Entertainment unit (see story below) are, among other developments, raising questions about what happens to producers as the big keep…

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OLYMPIC-SIZE DEAL AT NBC

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NBC's stunning $1.27 billion preemptive strike last week to lock up domestic television rights for both the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City seems on the…

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NBC TAKES LEAD IN EMMY NOMS

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“ER” has boosted its tally to 23 nominations in the 47th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, based on bids in a half-dozen categories announced last Monday. And NBC has emerged as the sole leader in total…

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ESPN'S OLYMPIC TRIALS

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Turner Broadcasting, which got shut out of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, its home base, is not even going to get a crack at the trial events leading up to the Olympics. NBC, which laid out $465…

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WPRI SELL-OFF LOOMING

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Should the Westinghouse/CBS merger go through, look for Group W to spinoff CBS-owned WPRI Providence, R.I. Group W already owns WBZ Boston and there is a signal overlap that would require an FCC…

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